Monday, August 3, 2015

"Learn the Facts About Lyme" flyer

Take a look at this flyer that has been made up in the format of a flyer that can be inserted into a newspaper or magazine. There are two ways to view it here:  There should be an attachment to this post that is a Word file. If that doesn't work, there is a link to take you to it on the web.

This document Is a very concise explanation of Lyme and his treatments, perfect for those who do not know about Lyme but who are curious. You may want to print some of these out and carry that with you so that you can give them to people that you interact with. Or, leave them in doctors offices, on public bulletin boards etc.

- Bob


Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Doctor who invented CPR taken down by a tick bite

Dr. James Jude, a thoracic surgeon whose recognition that external manual pressure could revive a stalled heart, and who used that insight to help develop the lifesaving technique now known as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, died on Tuesday at his home in Coral Gables, Fla. He was 87.

The cause was complications of a Parkinson's-like neurological disorder stemming from a tick bite, his son Peter said.

How one local man's immunity to ticks could save us all

Richard Ostfeld says he is lucky to have been bitten by ticks so much.

That's because now, when a tick bites him, it usually dies.

Ostfeld is a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook. For decades, he has studied ticks and tick-borne diseases, primarily in the forests and fields of the mid-Hudson Valley. 

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New tick-borne diseases sending people to emergency department, hospital

Out of Maine . . .
Diseases with unfamiliar names like anaplasmosis and babesiosis are a growing health threat in Lincoln County, causing people to be hospitalized with severe flu-like symptoms as the Midcoast area sees the fastest growth in tick-borne diseases in the state.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Scientists cure disorders in mice by resetting their brains

A team of scientists has cured a brain disorder in adult mice by rebooting the rodents' brains and allowing them to rewire themselves.
Mice in science lab
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The research demonstrates that certain features of young brains can be recreated in mature brains, even in parts of older brains that scientists believed were impervious to change.
It could also pave the way for treating a variety of developmental disorders that begin relatively early in life.

In the early years of life, brains in animals are malleable. The cells in the brains begin making connections at early ages and strengthen those connections throughout life. Those early stages where the brain is rapidly making connections among cells are called critical periods.

Read rest of article:  Scientists cure disorders in mice by resetting their brains

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Antibiotic Resistance Targeted in 21st Century Cures Act

Here is a story that is of concern to me as a Lyme patient treating late-stage neurological Lyme disease. As you may know, different antibiotics are required to treat the bacterium borrelia Bergdorferi and the other co-infections that are often carried by the same ticks that carry the Lyme disease. So Lyme disease patients often need a variety of antibiotics to fully recover.

The amendment to the Cure Act being considered would prevent a second antibiotic to be tried as a treatment for a disease for which a first antibiotic did not work. As Lyme disease patients, those of us with chronic infection would therefore be allowed to try only one antibiotic. If it failed to cure the affliction, that's the end of the road.

Any amendment to the Cures Act aimed at curbing the development of superbugs should, in my opinion, focus on the overuse of antibiotics in the livestock population, not human population. This is where the grossest neglect and overuse of antibiotics is most egregious.


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Maryland State Legislators Readying Lyme Bill

And a bi-partisan bill too!

"I don't think you can live anywhere in the state of Maryland and not know someone who is suffering from Lyme disease," said Delegate Kathy Afzali, (R) District 4, and chairwoman of the Frederick County Legislative Delegation.

This revelation led delegates Kathy Afzali and Karen Young (D) District 3, to start prepping a bill that would fund research, encourage education and protect doctors who are treating patients with the debilitating disease.

"We want to advocate to the governor to increase funding for research and we want Maryland to be a ground breaking state in terms of what we want to solve," Afzali said.

Afzali said increasing funding would be one of three parts of the bill. The bill would also push to change disclosure practices for patients who are being tested for the disease.

"Most people don't know that the Lyme test is only 20 percent accurate," Afzali said. "This means that in those early phases of Lyme disease, when a person is most vulnerable, they're often misdiagnosed with a false negative. We want to encourage patients to seek further testing."

The third prong of the legislation would protect doctors who are trying to help patients suffering from the disease.

Afzali said she hopes to introduce the legislation in the 2016 Maryland General Assembly.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Constantly tired? Here are some answers

5 Causes of Fatigue Your Doctor May Not be Looking For

Fatigue is one of the most common health complaints, but its cause is not always easy to determine. Read this article to discover five little-known causes of fatigue that should be ruled out if you’re eating right and getting enough sleep, but still feel tired all the time.
in office yawing 

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms that patients report to health care practitioners. In fact, one recent study found that nearly 40 percent of U.S. employees experienced significant fatigue in the previous two week period.

Read the whole article. Good info about molds, Lyme, HHV, and other likely causes of chronic tiredness.